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Woods Ties Career-High with 36 Points, but Catawba Uses Home Court Advantage in 97-86 Win over Men's Basketball

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SALISBURY, N.C. – Despite Chris Woods (Thomasville, NC) tying his career-high with 36 points and putting up another double-double with 18 rebounds, host Catawba used 55 second half points and saw a majority of the whistles go their way over the final 20 minutes for a 97-86 non-conference win over Pfeiffer University on Sunday afternoon in Salisbury Roundball Classic. The Indians even their record to 2-2 on the year while the Falcons fall to 2-3.

Catawba led for most of the first half until Woods drained a pair of free throws with 3:44 remaining in the first for a 35-34 Falcon lead. A minute later, a three-ball by the Indians Keon Moore briefly put the hosts up a pair before a 9-2 Pfeiffer run closed out the half for a 47-42 lead at the break. Jeff Pettiway (Edgewood, MD) and Davon Gilliard (Charleston, SC) contributed to the late spurt.

Woods already had his double-double at the break with 15 points and 10 boards through the first 20 minutes. Pettiway had 13 points at the break as the Falcons shot 47% from the field and heated up with four threes in the period. Catawba outshot Pfeiffer in the half, but the visitors dominated the boards 24-12.

Pfeiffer kept their seven point lead through the first four minutes of the second half as Woods drained two of his 10 free throws on the afternoon. Two minutes later, a foul call on the Falcons Elijah Matthews (Clinton, MD) allowed the Indians Stuart Thomson (Poynton, ENGLAND) to knock down a pair of free throws giving the hosts a lead for good.

A Kyler Gregory (Gibsonville, NC) triple and two more of Woods’ 36 cut the Indians lead to one midway through the frame until a 12-2 run by Catawba, aided by the second quick technical foul call of the game against the Falcons, led to a late 11-point advantage.

Behind Woods, Pettiway drained 15 points while Gilliard hit on 14. For Catawba, Dominick Reid (Charlotte, NC) finished with 22, one of four Indians in double-figures. Pfeiffer continued in domination on the boards out rebounding Catawba 43-33, but the Falcons were whistled for 20 fouls to the Indians seven in the second-half.

After five non-conference games to open up the season, Pfeiffer will now open Conference Carolinas league play on Tuesday night. The Falcons will head to Due West, S.C. to take on Erskine at 7:30 p.m.

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